Sunday, December 16, 2007

Festival time

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Saturday was the annual tori no ichi (rake fair) festival at the local shrine, which I also posted about last year. It's a day when the usually quiet shrine is crowded with people and the streets around the shrine are lined with stalls selling all manner of things to eat.

Top row (L-R): row of stalls selling the good luck rakes (kumade), mixing shichimi ('seven spice'), selling obanyaki- similar to pancake dough with various fillings. Traditionally it's azuki (red beans) but nowadays you can have chocolate or cheese or various other flavours too.

Middle row (L-R): making okonomiyaki, roasting salted fish, and the less traditional but now standard fare at these things.. chocolate covered bananas.

Bottom row (L-R): making takoyaki (octopus balls), a street-side izakaya, and a random street shot.

17 comments:

  1. fabulous photos! Love the spices one!
    Great job!
    I am sorry I missed it!
    I am still working on my photos from Kyoto/Japan. I have not had anytime, as I am soo behind with getting ready for Christmas!

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  2. What an interesting festival and much different from what we are used to see around Europe :)
    Happy WS!

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  3. It sounds like an interesting place to be! With lots of good food. :-)

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  4. Most certainly a quite different type of festivity.
    Great photos and useful information on the festival.

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  5. Sounds like a fun festival and the foods must be very good.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I too like the spices photo, though the are all very beautiful. Such activity and so much food! Looks like quite a festival.

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  7. I love your festival photographs. Also, this is interesting to me as I wasn't familiar with it. Have a great week.

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  8. How fun! Did you get to sample a lot of goodies?

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  9. what a great festival! I'd love to be at that feast,hehehe! great WS! Mine's at Hobbies and Such

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  10. Those are some very impressive pictures. Some of them look like they could have come straight out of National Geographic. Nice work.

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  11. Oh yummy! Lots of food.

    http://katskrackerbox.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/weekend-snapshot-10-reindeer-food/

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  12. okonomiyaki!!! Another of the things I miss about Japan!

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  13. Sounds like a fun weekend!!! :)

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  14. Ah, I've always wanted to try takoyaki ever since seeing them be prepared on the Travel Channel's show No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. They look yummy!
    Stephanie
    thewrittenword.wordpress.com

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  15. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I'm glad you found it interesting. This was just a small sampling of the many stalls lining the streets. I usually don't like crowded places but I do enjoy wandering around a Japanese festival.

    Iliana- We did indeed! We were quite full after!

    Stephanie- I have to admit I've never tried them. I can't get past the look of the octopus' tentacles!

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  16. Those are beautiful! You're making me want to visit Japan.

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